Opera and Classical Reviews
La Cenerentola

La Cenerentola @ The Grange Festival, Northington

by Melanie Eskenazi

The Grange Festival gives us another hit with La Cenerentola



Ivan the Terrible @ Grange Park Opera, West Horsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

A jewel set in Surrey, Grange Park Opera house was the scene for Rimsky-Korsakov’s drama

A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ The Grange Festival, Northington

by Melanie Eskenazi

A rainy night in Hampshire was more than a Midsummer Night’s dream

Der Rosenkavalier @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Garsington Opera triumphs again with a perfect Strauss production

Amadigi @ Garsington Opera, Wormsley

by Melanie Eskenazi

Garsington Opera delights with a rarely performed Handel work

La Bohème @ Royal Opera House, London

by Keith McDonnell

Covid, schmovid… The Royal Opera is back despite continuing restrictions

Gilchrist / Tilbrook – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds

by Melanie Eskenazi

The Leeds Lieder Festival came to a close for this year. This lunchtime recital was one of the highlights

Britten, The Five Canticles – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town H...

by Melanie Eskenazi

A wonderful chance to hear Britten performed in a wonderful venue

Coote / Blackshaw – Leeds Lieder Festival @ Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds

by Melanie Eskenazi

Leeds Lieder Festival is live again, staged in the beautiful Victoria Hall, which is a star in itself

The Marriage of Figaro @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Sam Smith

Director Oliver Platt brought Don Giovanni to Holland Park in 2017 and Così fan tutte a year later, but no one could have foreseen the circumstances under which he would end up staging ‘Figaro’

La traviata @ Opera Holland Park, London

by Sam Smith

La traviata is back at Opera Holland Park. It is different but, if anything, even better than before

London Sinfonietta / Mark Padmore @ Kings Place, London

by Benjamin Poore

Kings Place was host to a concert of English music fronted by the London Sinfonietta

Die Walküre @ Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough

by Sam Smith

Das Rheingold appeared at Longborough in 2019, but the two year wait for the second instalment in Wagner’s Ring Cycle was definitely worth it

Winterreise: Padmore / Kolesnikov @ The Ragged Music Festival, London

by Benjamin Poore

Schubert’s great work is presented in an ideal setting

La corona @ St John’s, Smith Square, London

by Sam Smith

Live audiences may be back, but those who missed out on Bampton Classical Opera’s latest performance can still catch it online

Synchron Stage Orchestra / Johannes Vogel: Brahms @ On Air

by Benjamin Poore

Streaming performance continues even after the return of live music. It’s the best of both worlds

The Individual Heart: London Symphony Orchestra / Reynolds @ LSO St Luke’s, London

by Barry Creasy

The London Symphony Orchestra under Lee Reynolds in a programme of Percy Grainger

London Symphony Orchestra / Noseda @ LSO St Luke’s, London

by Barry Creasy

Strauss, Liszt and Rota feature in a remarkable performance by the LSO

Benjamin Grosvenor @ Barbican Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Online music resumes from the Barbican featuring a virtuosic pianist

OBS Easter Festival: St John Passion & Easter Oratorio @ Christ Church Cathedral, ...

by Melanie Eskenazi

It was not easy being deprived of live music over the long Easter weekend, but there is a way to enjoy it

Messiah Reimagined @ St George’s Hanover Square, London

by Barry Creasy

A brilliant transcontinental mosaic of Handel’s great work from The London Handel Festival